WSJ By The Numbers - Top 10 for Nov.16

A compendium of revealing stats and the key leading economic indicators and business metrics based on today's Wall Street Journal article and reports:

How Microsoft Is Learning to Love Online Advertising: In the latest quarter ended Sept. 30, Google's revenue was $2.69 billion, virtually all of which came from online advertising, while Microsoft's online group posted online advertising revenue of $374 million in the same quarter. Totla online ad spending in U.S. is projected to surpass $15 billion this year, according to eMarketer.

Web Pioneers eBay and Amazon Face a Threat From Older Retailers: The percentage of e-commerce spending that goes to Web-only retailers has declined to 52% so far this year, down from 55% in 2005 and 60% in 2004, according to Majestic Research of New York. Consumers are expected to spend $132 billion on Web shopping this year, up 19% from $111 billion last year, according to JupiterResearch. 52%
Online share of e-retailers 
U.K.'s Pearson Tests The Group Dynamic For a 'Wiki' Book: After the book is published, WeAreSmarter will remain online, where people can continue to contribute. Some 10,000 people have already heard about the book through invitations to join the project and 1,000 have accepted; the plan has already been cited in about 47 blogs. 1,000
Authors for one book

Money-Market Funds Increase: Money-market funds added $7.51 billion in the week ended Tuesday, bringing total net assets to $2.241 trillion, according to the Money Fund Report newsletter, published by iMoneyNet. Institutional investors added $5.1 billion, while individual, or "retail," investors added $2.41 billion.

New Money to Money-Market Funds
How Beijing and New Delhi Are Moving Closer: India's averaged around 8% GDP growth rate over the past three years and China's averaged around 10%. China's trade with India has soared to $17 billion in 2005 from $7.6 billion in 2003. Some analysts estimate two-way trade could reach $50 billion by 2010. In comparison, India-China trade last year was less than one-tenth of China's trade with the U.S. $17B
China-India Trade

Pension Agency's Deficit Shrinks: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp, the federal agency that insures private pension plans for millions of Americans, logged a deficit of $18.1 billion this year, down from a shortfall of $22.8 billion recorded in 2005 and a record $23.3 billion posted in 2004. Traditional pension plans are now underfunded by $350 billion, compared with $450 billion last year.

Private Pension Deficit

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